How long did this guide actually take to make?
The last thing I want is to have admissions officers think I joined clubs as a ploy, should I explain this on the EC short answer section of the common app?
I think they're more interested in what you DID do, rather than hearing the reasons why you DIDN'T do things. Focus on the positives.
I also thank CCers TurquoiseHexagon (who, by the way, has scored 2400 on the SAT three times), Jersey13, and crazybandit for reviewing the guide.
but most seemed much like those I've encountered on PSAT/SAT practice tests.